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HIV and the general election - what we should be talking about

The National AIDS Trust and HIV Scotland have joined together to identify the key priorities for the new Parliament which will reduce HIV transmission and improve the lives of people living with HIV across the UK.

Published
15 April 2015
From
NAT press release
Are Condoms Over? Research and Reality for Gay Men

Are condoms over? No. The availability of new prevention options does not require us to abandon a tool that has been proven effective for decades. Let's move forward in the search for new prevention options without bashing the ones we have -- or those who promote them.

Published
15 April 2015
From
The Body
How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' new infections of HIV

An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year nationwide. In a city where huge strides have already been made in battling the epidemic, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.

Published
13 April 2015
From
PBS NewsHour
Providers have mixed feelings about prescribing HIV prevention

National survey finds providers’ perspectives lag behind PrEP guidelines: The survey was the first to be conducted since the U.S. Public Health Service released detailed PrEP guidelines in May 2014. In the Web-based survey fewer than half of 324 practitioners, most of them HIV specialists, fewer than half reported being “very likely” to prescribe PrEP to their patients who are high-risk heterosexuals or people who use intravenous drugs. For some other prime candidates—HIV-negative men whose male partners have the virus—79 percent of providers reported being very likely to prescribe the regimen.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Group Health Research Institute
CDC leading new efforts to fight HIV among gay, bisexual men and transgender people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lead new programs totaling more than $185 million in HIV prevention funding for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of MSM of color. Up to $125 million will help state and local health departments expand the use of two new, powerful HIV prevention strategies: pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and engaging more people in HIV care.

Published
07 April 2015
From
CDC press release
Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
Texas Bill Cuts HIV Funding, Boosts Abstinence Education

Texas would cut $3 million in state funds for programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and put that money toward abstinence education under a Republican-sponsored measure advanced by the state House.

Published
01 April 2015
From
ABC News
Our HIV crisis: PrEP is not a cure

Take a pill daily and prevent the contraction of HIV 99 percent of the time. That is the narrative presented to many young men who have sex with men (MSM) by their peers regarding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). And, as is normally the case with anything framed in such a simple manner, the nuances of treatment fall through the cracks. It is unwise to herald PrEP as the key to freeing a generation from HIV. It is merely one piece of a larger effort. Not only is PrEP not for everyone, but public health activists face political obstacles similar to those hurled at advocates of birth control.

Published
01 April 2015
From
Yale Daily News
New research into how young people learn about sex and relationships

New research has highlighted the differences in how young men and women learn about sex and relationships. Although more young people than ever are getting most of their information about sexual matters from school, the majority still feel they are not getting all the information they need, and men in particular are missing out.

Published
30 March 2015
From
Medical Research Council
Nick Clegg: Tories to blame for blocking mandatory sex education

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has blamed his coalition partners for stopping plans for statutory sex and relationship education.

Published
30 March 2015
From
Pink News
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